The Daily Mash-Up

Tuesday, June 28, 2016 This Week's Paper
Fireworks caused 240 wildland fires in 2015

State Fire Marshal Charles M. Duffy has announced that there were 240 fires caused by fireworks in 2015. Of those fires, 193 were wildland fires. That translated to 80 percent of all firework-related fires burned wildlands, resulting in $12,555 of loss and damages.

Summer weather conditions can make vegetation extremely dry and susceptible to fire. While discharging fireworks, a small fire can easily get out of control if the fuels (grass and other vegetation) are present. If a firework comes into contact with a vegetated area, use a hose or a bucket of water to heavily soak the… Read More

Commission to Recognize Contributions to the Arts with AMOCATs

Nominations for the 2016 AMOCAT Arts Awards are due by July 31, to the Tacoma Arts Commission. 

“Arts, culture, and creativity are essential keys to Tacoma’s distinctive identity. They enrich people’s lives, enhance communities, and have a significant economic impact on our city.  Nonprofit arts and culture is a $64.72 million industry in Tacoma – one that supports 1,735 full-time equivalent jobs and generate $6.58 million in local and state government revenue,” said Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland. “The AMOCAT Arts Awards recognize the people, organizations, and… Read More

Summer Jobs 253 Program Grows to 200 Students

The Summer Jobs 253 program kicks off on July 1, with 200 students attending a week of employment training before starting their summer internships on July 5.

Launched in 2013, the program partners with Tacoma and surrounding area employers to place incoming Tacoma high school juniors and seniors in internships for up to 96 hours of paid work experience during the summer. The program was recognized earlier this year by the White House during its “Champions of Change” event, which included representatives from 25 cities focused on employment and learning opportunities for youth during… Read More

Pierce Transit to provide free rides to Freedom Fair

Pierce Transit will provide free express bus service for people visiting the Tacoma Freedom Fair along Tacoma’s Ruston Way on July 4.

Buses will run every 30 minutes from Tacoma Community College (19th and Mildred) and the Tacoma Dome Station (610 Puyallup Ave.) to Old Town near the Freedom Fair. Parking is free at both locations. Service will run every 30 minutes from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and then resume after the fireworks to transport fair-goers back to Tacoma Community College and the Tacoma Dome Station. 

This express service, as well as rides on all Pierce Transit… Read More

Free Taste of Tacoma shuttle to help ease parking troubles

Organizers of the Emerald Queen Casino’s Taste of Tacoma presented by BECU are offering a free shuttle bus for riders to and from Point Defiance Park for this year’s event.

Thousands of people annually flock to the free, three-day gathering. To alleviate the traffic strain, event organizers have arranged free parking at Tacoma Community College for all three days of the festival, from June 24 to 26. Free shuttles are scheduled to begin at TCC at 10:30 a.m. and run every 15 minutes to and from the park. The final shuttle will leave the park half an hour after the event shuts… Read More

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